About me

I offer individual counselling for adults and teenagers.

Do you feel isolated and lonely, even when you are surrounded with family and friends; feel sad; feel like no-one really listens to you properly or notices what you are going through; maybe you always seem to be in unhappy relationships; suffer from social or generalised anxiety or depression; feel angry all the time; are struggling with addictive behaviour.

If you can relate to anything above, then I can offer you the time and space to be seen and heard, and start to work through what you are facing.

How I work

I believe the key to having a positive and successful counselling experience is down to whether you connect well with your counsellor, and the strength of your relationship with them.  I place great importance on developing a kind, warm, accepting and non-judgmental relationship with you, so you can safely explore your feelings, thoughts, experiences and perceptions.

My approach is down to earth and informal. It is not my job to tell you what you should do, or who you should be, but instead I will help you gain a greater sense of self-awareness, that will lead you to either accept what is or make positive changes.

Initial consultation

I offer a free 25 minute telephone consultation, so you can explore what your needs and expectations are from therapy and to see if the way I work is suitable for you. Also, to answer any questions you may have. After this consultation there is no pressure to commit for counselling. It is totally your decision.

Training, qualifications & experience

  •  CPCAB  Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
  •  BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  •  CPCAB Certificate Counselling Studies
  •  CPCAB Certificate Counselling Skills  
  •  NCFE Certificate in Wellbeing
  •  CPD Working with Anxiety
  •  Enhanced DBS Check
  •  Certificate prevent terrorism
  •  Certificate (0SCB) Awareness of child abuse and neglect

I initially entered the world of counselling as a 1:1 counsellor at an addiction treatment centre, working with adult clients, which was hugely diverse. Often the work involved exploring both past and present events in the clients life. While working there I helped clients with various compulsive, addictive behaviours, as well as co-dependency and activity addictions such as gambling and sex. 

I also worked as a counsellor for many years at a Secondary school in Oxfordshire, with years 7 - 13, I counselled students struggling with social anxiety and exam pressure; family and relationship issues; depression;  self-esteem; sexual identity; risky behaviours; bullying and bereavement.

Since starting my Private Practice I have really enjoyed working with both young people and Adults. I am passionate and dedicated to helping people fulfil their potential and have the utmost respect for the individuals I have worked with who turn up and face the real difficulties and challenges in their lives.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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Fees

Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

An initial telephone consultation for 25 minutes is free. After that face to face and telephone counselling is offered at £50 per 50 minute session.

Payment is by bank transfer or cash at the end of each session.

I offer a limited number of concession rate sessions which we can discuss in the initial phone call.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Please contact me to check Availability.

Thame
Oxfordshire
OX9

Type of session

In person
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Alex Reid

Alex Reid